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Forecasting a cloudy Asia

Nurdianah Md Nur | June 25, 2013
Top reasons cited for the rapid adoption of cloud include its expected ability to lower costs, drive agility and improve customer/citizen service, according to a study by HP.

Seventy-seven percent of enterprise IT delivery is expected to be cloud-based in Asia Pacific, according to a global study conducted by Coleman Parkes Research on behalf of HP.

The study interviewed 200 senior business and technology executives within enterprises, which have 500 or more employees, in Japan, Australia, China, India and South Korea.

Top reasons cited for the adoption of cloud include its expected ability to lower costs (59 percent), drive agility (58 percent) and improve customer/citizen service (62 percent).

Despite these perceived benefits, 46 percent of the respondents claimed that they were not running any return on investment (ROI) analysis for their cloud initiatives.

For organisations that did have some form of measurement, 13 percent said they only use "time to delivery" metrics while 10 percent measured their cloud implementations by calculating the cost benefits.

Factors affecting the adoption rate of a cloud strategy
The research also identified critical factors that affect the implementation of a cloud strategy and moving applications to the cloud.

Primary barriers to cloud solution implementation include ill-defined service level agreements (62 percent), not meeting regulation and governance (56 percent), not managing issues with data sovereignty (54 percent) and not identifying the right strategic partner (42 percent).

In terms of important capabilities needed in an organisation's public cloud usage, respondents highlighted security (68 percent), highly specified SLAs (66 percent) and the ability to handle enterprise-grade workloads (48 percent).

For organisations with a cloud sourcing strategy, important applications to move to the cloud are customer relations management (70 percent), marketing (66 percent) and storage and archival (63 percent).


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